Morning Brief: The Democrats’ moment
Top Story John Moore/Getty Images The Democratic National Convention begins today in Denver, Colorado. Adam Nagourney of the New York Times sees a party “nervous about Senator Barack Obama’s prospects” and eager to put the divisive primary battle with Hillary Clinton behind it. Not everyone is preaching unity, however: Politico reports on some residual feuding ...
The Democratic National Convention begins today in Denver, Colorado. Adam Nagourney of the New York Times sees a party “nervous about Senator Barack Obama’s prospects” and eager to put the divisive primary battle with Hillary Clinton behind it.
Obama will speak Thursday at Invesco Field, which seats 75,000 people. Marc Ambinder predicts the speech will be more “workmanlike” than soaring.
John McCain is keeping a light schedule but won’t concede the week to Obama.
Some oil is finally flowing through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, helping to send oil prices down to around $114.
The “global consensus on trade is unraveling,” Larry Summers warns.
Europe and the Caucasus
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is vowing to reclaim South Ossetia and Abkhazia, currently under Russian control. Russia’s upper house of parliament just voted to recognize the two breakaway regions’ independence.
Russian media have portrayed the conflict in Georgia as “evidence that Moscow has regained its global dominance,” according to the LA Times. Ukraine’s president weighs in.
A U.S. Navy destroyer has landed in Georgia to provide humanitarian aid.
The Olympics are over, and China won the most gold medals with 51. Edward Cody calls the games a “victory” that may “empower” the Communist Party. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing is “disappointed” by China’s treatment of protesters.
The Taliban is winning, according to Pakistani presidential hopeful Asif Ali Zardari.
Middle East and Africa
Zimbabwe arrested two opposition MPs in what opposition leaders say is a transparent attempt to win the speaker of parliament vote.
Iran’s supreme leader has thrown his weight behind Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s bid for a second term as Iranian president.
Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, gave a rare press conference to dispel persistent rumors that he is ill.
Most internally displaced Iraqis in Baghdad are not returning to their homes.
Al Qaeda is evading a financial crackdown by keeping its costs low.
Lebanon’s PM Fouad Siniora is visiting Baghdad to enhance bilateral ties with Iraq.
Nawaz Sharif is due to decide today about whether his party will stay in Pakistan’s government.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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